Not all superheroes wear capes, in fact, most of us wear leggings and t-shirts! Why are we superheroes you ask? Because we are making conscious and intentional choices to choose a lifestyle that not only betters ourselves but the collective community.
Whether you’re a vegan like the awesome people on the GLAM Vegan team or you’re simply someone who enjoys eating well and cares about the environment, you’re going to love the comparison that we have up our sleeve for today because we’re talking about three different ugly produce delivery boxes that all have a similar mission: to stop the food waste insanity!
Yes, I said it, it’s absolute insanity that we let 30-40% of the food supply go to waste each year in the US. Chew on that for a minute and I’ll bet you’re left with a bad taste in your mouth.
So let’s make some changes, people! It’s not as difficult as you might think, especially when there are brands like Hungry Harvest vs Misfits Market vs Imperfect Foods who are making it so darn easy to make a difference.
So if you’re ready to say YES to healthy, delicious produce delivered right to your door while simultaneously helping the environment and ending hunger in our country, then let’s get to work determining what the best ugly produce box is.
🥕 Rescued Produce Subscription Boxes Compared: Imperfect Foods vs Hungry Harvest vs Misfits Market
|Box Options||Green Box or Regular Box||Mini, Full, or Super (regular or organic)||Small or Large|
|Shipping Cost||$4.99 – $8.99||Free Shipping||$5.50 flat-fee|
|Products Available||Produce, meat & seafood, plant-based items, eggs & dairy products, grains & pantry staples, snacks, household items||Produce, weekly add-ons (snacks, pantry staples, etc.)||Produce, pantry staples|
|Official Website||visit||go now||here|
🚚 Scheduled Delivery Area: Which Produce Box Service Delivers To You?
Wouldn't it be a shame if you read this entire article, only to find out that the fresh produce you wanted most doesn't provide produce delivery in your area? Well, to avoid any confusion, let's check out images I snipped from each one of their websites that shows where each company delivers. Furthermore, these brands are constantly spreading their delivery areas, so be sure to check their website (link in buttons beneath images) to see if they added your delivery area.
Imperfect Foods' Delivery Area
Hungry Harvest's Delivery Area
Misfits Market's Delivery Area
🥒 Why Choose an Ugly Produce Subscription Box?
Ok, so you’ve got the highlight reel of each service, but let’s take a moment before getting into the nitty-gritty details to first address why you might be considering an imperfect foods box in the first place.
I went around the GLAM Vegan office (virtual, of course!) and asked our team of plant-based, organic food rockstars what their thoughts were on using an ugly produce delivery subscription box and why you might be tempted to do the same. Here are the reasons we came up with:
- You save BIG on your fresh, organic produce (up to 40% in most cases!)
- You’re helping to fight food waste and save the environment
- It’s so convenient to get your fruits and vegetables delivered – fewer trips to the supermarket!
- Access to a variety of produce options which makes for some fun meal ideas
Ok, let’s move into a description of each ugly produce delivery box and answer our number one question: is it worth it?
🤔 Is Imperfect Foods Worth It?
Imperfect Foods is a grocery delivery service that finds all the “imperfect” foods that sadly won’t make it to the store shelves and brings them to you at nearly half the price. So what makes foods imperfect? Why would perfectly good food be rejected and sent to waste? There are a few reasons:
- Cosmetic imperfections (hey, we all come in different shapes and sizes, right?)
- Discontinued items
- Ends and pieces
Imperfect Food’s mission is to “eliminate food waste and a build a better food system for everyone.” Sounds like a worthy mission if you ask us. The brand accomplishes this by re-imagining grocery delivery and what we consider to be waste.
With Imperfect Foods, it’s more than just produce that they rescue, they also offer a full line of pantry staples, snacks, and more, making them your one-stop grocery shop. So if you’re looking to really save time and simplify your life, Imperfect Foods has you covered, allowing you to get your weekly groceries delivered on autopilot. This is what makes Perfect Foods worth it for so many people.
💰 How Much Does Imperfect Foods Cost?
Imperfect Foods prices all of their items individually, just like the grocery store. You build your box, adding everything you want and need, and pay for just that. There are no subscription or membership fees, but you will pay for shipping. Depending on where you live, shipping usually comes out to anywhere from $4.99-$8.99 per box.
🤔 Is Hungry Harvest Worth It?
Hungry Harvest wants you to make your shopping make a difference. We all need to shop, right? So why not do so in a sustainable way? We mentioned in our detailed Hungry Harvest review that the brand rescues all the fruits and veggies that don’t quite make the cut aesthetically or have been produced in a surplus and would otherwise be doomed to the landfill to rot. What a waste!
With Hungry Harvest, you’ll save time shopping, save money thanks to deep price discounts, and you’ll be helping to save food and end hunger in our country, making it a very worthwhile investment. Similar to Imperfect Foods, Hungry Harvest also offers other items in addition to ugly produce, however, Hungry Harvest’s selection is much smaller.
This brand also has a heavy emphasis on eliminating food waste and helping to solve the hunger problem right here in our own country. Anytime you can help feed more people and eliminate hunger, the GLAM team is on board!
There are several different box sizes to choose from, and you always have the option to choose between organic and non-organic produce. Boxes are shipped directly to you either every week or every other week, depending on your preferences. One important thing to note is that, unlike Imperfect Foods where you get to select your produce, Hungry Harvest ships you what they have available that week. There are positives and negatives to that, but regardless, you can always count on a certain number of green, vegetables, and fruits in each box, as dictated by the size of the box you choose.
💰 How Much Does Hungry Harvest Cost?
Hungry Harvest boxes start at just $15 each, which is incredibly affordable when compared to the price you’d pay at the supermarket. There are three different box sizes to choose from, the bigger the box, the more loot you’ll get. Organic folks, keep in mind that you’ll pay a little extra for the certified organic fruits and veggies.
🤔 Is Misfits Market Worth It?
Misfits Market was born out of disgust in the broken food system that we have here in this country. Up to half of the food grown gets thrown away because it doesn’t have the look that superficial grocery stores require. Shocking, enraging, frustrating…yea, we feel ya.
So Misfits Market, just like the folks at Hungry Harvest and Imperfect Foods, is doing its best to save the high-quality food that’s rejected from retail sales and find a new home for it – your home! Whether the produce is a little ugly, a tad too big or too small, or it has out-of-date packaging, Misfits Market still thinks they deserve to be eaten, enjoyed, and certainly not wasted. Furthermore, all produce from Misfits Market is organic – score!
Customers get to choose from their small or their large box, adding to it whatever they like each week. When compared to Imperfect Foods, Misfits Market is very similar in the way they allow for customization and personalization. Each week, you can receive a haul of delicious, nutritious fruits, vegetables, and other pantry staples that would otherwise be wasted. Plus, you’re saving a ton of time and money, which leads us to determine that Misfits Market is 100% worth it.
💰 How Much Does Misfits Market Cost?
Misfits Market offers boxes starting at just $22 for fresh, organic produce. As a customer, you get to choose what goes in your box, including any add-ons like snacks or pantry staples. Misfits Market boasts pricing that’s up to 40% off grocery store prices! Who says eating healthy has to be expensive?
🆚 Which Organic Produce is Better: Imperfect Foods vs. Misfits Market?
If you're after more than just an ugly produce service, then Imperfect Foods is better than Misfits Market, as Imperfect Foods offers a variety of #fresh pantry items similar to grocery stores (whereas Misfits Market focuses mainly on imperfect produce). On the other hand, if you're looking for a laser-focused “imperfect foods,” and you want to skip going to the local grocery store, Misfits Market would be the better choice. Both Imperfect Foods and Misfits Market both provide organic and conventional produce, offering all of us the chance to reduce food waste. But if we had to recommend one over the other to our GLAM Vegan friends, we like a variety of fresh food, organic vegetables that's farm fresh – and the variety plus convenience winner goes to Imperfect Foods.
🥁 Which Ugly Produce Box Is The Best Choice? Imperfect Foods vs Hungry Harvest vs Misfits Market
I have to admit, when I first embarked on the journey to finding the best ugly produce box, I thought that all three of these companies looked identical. However, after I did the research and peeled back the layers, I can see that several differences make each company unique, so let’s get to the bottom of which one you should choose.
Hungry Harvest is the better solution for those who don’t want to put a lot of thought and planning into their weekly menu. If you like to fly by the seat of your pants when it comes to meal prep and snacking and you love to try different things, then you’ll love the variety that Hungry Harvest sends you each week. You’ll have access to fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits year-round. Plus, you get to choose between organic and non-organic options.
Imperfect Foods is a great choice for those who want to nearly eliminate the need for grocery shopping. With a vast selection of foods to choose from, you can fill your box to the brim each week and make way fewer trips to the grocery store while also saving some major dough in the process.
Misfits Market is the best option for those who solely want to eat organic produce, as everything sold by Misfits is organic. Organic folks will also enjoy the convenience of being able to add on pantry staple items, snacks, and more. Important note, this brand is a tad higher in price due to its organic-only designation.
Overall, all three brands are doing the kind of amazing work that we here at GLAM-Vegan love to see. We’d be proud to purchase from any of these brands, in fact, I’m pretty sure there’s a least one team member who uses each one of these services.
If ugly produce is a-ok in your book, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how simple, convenient, and empowering it is to use one of these services. I mean, do you really care if your carrot has a funky bend? Or if your eggplant is a little oversized? No? Us either!
Let us know which service you choose! Cheers, GLAM-Squad.